Jon Abbott joins management team at Harleston Town
Jon Abbott has admitted his appointment as joint manager of Harleston Town ‘came out of the blue’.
Abbott joined Harleston as a player shortly before the non-league season was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, having stepped down as manager of Diss Town in February.
His intention was to continue playing when the 2020/21 campaign gets under way. But after Nathan Stone decided to relinquish his managerial role alongside Nicky Howell, Abbott was offered the position.
“It came out of the blue to be honest,” said Abbott, who was in charge of Scole United before being appointed Diss boss.
“I was keen to continue playing for Harleston next season but when Gangles (Stone) decided he wanted to just play, Nicky approached me.
“I still want to play as well, but we think we will be able to tie everything in and I will look to help out wherever I can.
“It feels like the perfect fit. I needed a bit of a break from management after leaving Diss, but with the lockdown I have really missed football and feel ready to get back involved.
“Harleston are an ambitious club. They want to get back into the Thurlow Nunn League as soon as possible, and I am looking forward to being involved.”
It remains to be seen when Abbott and Howell’s joint tenure will fully get under way.
A return date for non-league football is currently unknown, although Abbott has conceded initial discussions with players have been taking place.
“It is difficult because every club is in the same position. Nobody knows when we will be playing again,” he added.
“Nicky is speaking with the players that were at the club last season and although things can change, the feedback we have had from them is positive.
“In terms of new players we do not need too many, perhaps two or three.
“There have been initial conversations, but it is difficult to do much without a firm start date.”
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